SOC 303 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Social Change
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
SOC 303
Fall
3
0
3
6

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Required
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives The basic purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the dynamics, the components and the engines of “Social Change” and to enable the students to discuss and evaluate the facts within the framework of Social Change through the related historical instances with an analytical approach and critical understanding.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • will be able to explain the basic terms, conceptions and definitions peculiar to the discipline of sociology.
  • will be able to define the dynamics, the components and the engines of Social Change through the historical examples.
  • will be able to analyze the developments within the Social Change in the framework of causality and in a comparative perspective.
  • will be able to synthesize the sociological and historical data they obtain directly and objectively.
  • will be able to evaluate the economic, socio-cultural,and political dynamics of the modern world by taking their historical consideration in a comparative approach.
  • will be able to express their knowledge and thoughts orally and by writing.
Course Content This course deals with the dynamics, the components and the engines of “Social Change” from the theoritical perspective and discusses the historical instances justifying the theories in question. The formation of the Urban World in the 21st century through the changes at the macrolevel, the Modern World system, and the sociocultural, political and economic dynamics lying behind the making tomorrow’s society by planned changes are also involved in the content of the course.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
X
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction: On the study of change The social scientific perspective Social and cultural evolution
2 (1) Continuity/Change (2) Theories of Social Change (1) F. Tonkiss, pp.34-49; in: Sociological Dichotomies, C. Jenks (London: Sage). (2) S. Vago, Social Change, pp.49-81. New Jersey: Pearson
3 Dimensions and Sources of Social Change Vago, Social Change, pp.1-42.
4 Patterns of Social Change (1) Vago, Social Change, pp. 85-121. (2) Sztompka, Sociology of Social Change, pp. 1-23.
5 Duration of Change (1) Vago, Social Change, pp.190-226. (2) Sztompka, pp. 41-46; 56-68.
6 Modernity and Development McMichael, Development and Social Change, pp. 1-55.
7 Midterm Exam -
8 The Globalization of Human Society (1) Sztompka, pp. 86-97. (2) P. McMichael, Development and Social Change, (London: Sage). pp.-80-109; pp.150-180.
9 Impact and Costs of Social Change Vago, Social Change, pp.279-352.
10 Reactions to Change Vago, Social Change, pp. 232-275.
11 Self and Social Change M. Adams, Self and Social Change, (Sage: London) pp.1-33.
12 Global Countermovements McMichael, Development and Social Change, pp. 182-214.
13 Mcdonaldization of Society G. Rizter, (2004) McDonaldization of Society, (Sage: London) pp. 182-214.
14 McDonaldization of Society G. Rizter, (2004) McDonaldization of Society, (Sage: London) pp. 182-214.
15 Review of the semester
16 Final Exam

 

Course Textbooks relevant chapters of P. Sztompka, The Sociology of Social Change as well as H. Haferkamp and N. Smelser (edit), Social Change and Modernity
References There will also be additional readings from a variety of sources which will be available at the lecturer's web adress

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
16
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
20
Presentation / Jury
1
15
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
25
Final / Oral Exam
1
30
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
70
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
30
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
16
4
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
20
Presentation / Jury
1
10
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
15
Final / Oral Exam
1
23
    Total
180

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to scientifically examine concepts and ideas in the field of sociology; to be able to interpret and evaluate data. X
2 To be able to define classical and contemporary theories in sociology; to be able to identify the differences and similarities among those theories and to be able to evaluate them. X
3 To be able to critically use the knowledge acquired in the field of sociology
4 To be able to plan and conduct, individually or as a member of a team, an entire sociological research process with the knowledge of methodological requirements of the field. X
5 To be able to identify and evaluate local, regional and global issues and problems. X
6 To be able to share their ideas and solutions supplemented by qualitative and quantitative data in written and oral forms. X
7 To be able to make use of other disciplines related to sociology and to have core knowledge related to those disciplines. X
8 To be able to follow developments in sociology and to be able to communicate with international colleagues in a foreign language. (“European Language Portfolio Global Scale,” Level B1) X
9 To be able to use computer software required by the discipline and to possess advancedlevel computing and IT skills. (“European Computer Driving Licence”, Advanced Level) X
10 To be able to use a second foreign language at the intermediate level. X
11 To have social and scholarly values and ethical principles during the collection and interpretation of data for implementation, publication, dissemination, and maintenance X
12 To acquire life long learning abilities that will enable the socially responsible application of knowledge based on their field of study to their professional and everyday lives. X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest